5 New Olympic Sports for 2020 Tokyo Games

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Aug. 3, 2016

Baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, surfing and sports climbing will be added to the lineup of sports for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

The International Olympic Committee agreed Wednesday to add the sports–with skateboarding and sports climbing set up in temporary venues in urban areas–marking what the IOC described as an “historic step in bringing the Games to young people and reflecting the trend of urbanization of sport.”

The goal was to give Games organizing committees the flexibility to propose new sports for their edition of the Games (and) was intended to put even more focus on innovation, flexibility and youth in the development Olympic program.”

Equestrian sports of dressage, eventing and jumping are on the 2020 program.